Seller’s Guide

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Selling a home can be stressful and overwhelming. It is our mission to make the process as smooth as possible while ensuring that you receive the highest price in the shortest amount of time. We will arrange a time to meet with you at your home to do a thorough walk-through, provide a market analysis and discuss a marketing plan for the sale of your home. Once we have established a plan that will best accomplish your goals, we will complete listing paperwork and move forward with the process of selling your home.

Staging

As first impression is everything in today’s market, we will provide staging tips and interior designer or stager referrals, if necessary.

Professional Photography

Once your home is in prime showing condition, we will coordinate with our professional photographer to take interior and exterior photos. Depending on the property, aerial photos may also be used to capture the complete offerings of your property.

Property Brochures

After we receive the professional photos back from our photographer we will design custom brochures that will include key features, details and pictures which best showcase what your home has to offer.

Pre-MLS Marketing

We will begin networking and marketing your property in print, internet and social media prior to going on the market.

Going on the Market

Once we go on the market, your property will be featured on MLS, Zillow, Trulia, GWStickney.com, StarTribune.com and other third party Real Estate websites. A “For Sale” sign will also be installed where it will receive the most impact. We will follow-up with the showing agents to obtain feedback and adjust our strategy as needed. While directing prospective Buyers to your property, we will leave no stone unturned.

Open Houses

We will hold a broker open house for real estate agents to preview the home for their perspective clients. In addition to a broker open house, we will hold public open houses for potential buyers to view the home.

Offer

Upon receiving an offer on your property, we will work closely to review the details associated with that offer and to make sure that you understand all terms of the agreement. We will guide you through the negotiation process and ensure the terms that you agree to are in your best interest.

Inspection Contingency

Most offers include an inspection contingency. The Buyer will hire an inspector(s) to inspect the property and provide them with a review of their findings. Items noted during the inspection can be accepted in their current condition by the Buyer or can be negotiated between the Buyer and the Seller. The offer can be cancelled if the Buyer and the Seller are not able to agree to the terms on how to handle the Buyer’s inspection requests or the Buyer is not satisfied with the results of the inspection and wishes to not proceed with the sale.

There are many different types of inspections that can be performed on a home including a general home inspection, radon test, moisture test and a chimney inspection.

Financing Contingency

If a Buyer is purchasing using financing, the offer will include a financing contingency. Prior to accepting an offer subject to financing, it is imperative that the Buyer provides a pre-approval letter from a reputable lender. The lender will require an appraisal of the property to ensure the purchase price that the Buyer is paying, and they are financing, is in agreement with current market conditions.

Title

Both Buyer and Seller have the right to choose the title company that they wish to represent them in the closing. The title company will perform a title search and make sure that the property is free and clear of any encumbrances. The title company will handle the payoffs for any mortgages, property taxes and other fees related to the sale of the property.

Prior to Closing

It is important to continue to properly maintain the property until the closing has occurred. The Buyer will do a final walkthrough prior to closing to ensure that the property is in acceptable condition and any negotiated inspection items have been completed. Any issues will need to be resolved prior to closing. Providing the Buyer with a list of service providers prior to closing can assist in reducing issues and questions after the closing.

Closing

The closing often takes place at the Buyer’s title company’s office. You will need to bring a driver’s license or passport. We will be at the closing to review the settlement statement and address any questions or concerns. After both parties have executed all of the documents and funding has been received, the home is officially closed. CONGRATULATIONS!